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Baron Samedi
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If I could have any job in the world, I would be a teacher of advanced piano.

Not beginning or intermediate piano, since that would probably require me to know how to play the piano myself. But, unless Hollywood has lied to me, advanced piano is much easier. All I'd have to do is sit in a comfy chair listening to a string of 9-year-old Asian children flawlessly play Chopin polonaises all day long. And when they finished, I'd lean forward in my chair and say, "no, no, NO! You must feel the music."

What better job could there be?

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Tante Shvester
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[ROFL]
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Lol,

But don't forget you WILL have to yell at them regardless of how well they play it, especially if you can actually hear a single mistake.

If you don't their parents will take their kids elsewhere.

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Yelling is easy.

I could do that.

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Jeesh
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How about matress tester?
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But what if you get tired from doing that, what can you do -- take a nap?
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Tante Shvester
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quote:
Originally posted by Jeesh:
How about matress tester?

"This mattress is no good -- it needs another T!"
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I used to think a Movie Critic would be the best job ever, but I now realize there are so many mind numbingly terrible movies you would be force to watch it would be that great.

So I have now decided I want to be a food critic. Still looking for the ad: "Wanted, fat pig with lots of adjectives"

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mr_porteiro_head
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I honestly can't think of a job that I'd love as long as I had to keep on doing it every day.

I guess that being independently wealthy is a prerequisite for me loving my job.

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We watched them tear a building down at work today. They get to play with cool toys. We wanted that job. Just for a little while though. One of the guys (that I work with) said he would do it for free if they would let him. I said I would even pay them to operate the tractor for a little while. It was fun watching the wall come down (all 3 stories of it).
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(Private musical instruction, even to advanced students, is hard work. [Razz] )

I don't really have a "world's best job." I like mph's idea of independent wealth. I guess my world's best job would be heiress. [Big Grin]

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Tante Shvester
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I like being a nurse. You can go home every day after work and feel like you really made a difference. That's cool.
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BlackBlade
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I get paid to basically lurk around these forums.

As long as I am willing to eagerly plow through about 5 hours of straight work every 2 months, and occasionally 30 minutes of work every other day.

The key is the fact that I drop everything to get my real work done and do nothing else until its done. For some reason my coworkers think that makes me motivated.

Tante: My sister is a nurse and thats pretty much the only reason she likes the job, well there's the money too.

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I don't mind my job... I don't LOVE it - but there are great benefits. I'm part of the buying team for beer, wine and liquor for a major wholesaler. We get to travel to cool places, sample new items, meet interesting people, learn some pretty neat techniques/methods and, well, the occasional sporting event is necessary just to make sure the beers are being well represented... ; )

I realize it's not the job for everyone - but it works well for me (single, mid-twenties, people person who loves to travel). : )

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Altáriël of Dorthonion
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What about video game tester? Those people get paid pretty well for reviewing games.
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quote:
Originally posted by Altáriël of Dorthonion:
What about video game tester? Those people get paid pretty well for reviewing games.

no no no! Those testers have to play bugged games that break constantly and then identify what was going on when it broke.

You don't really play the game, so much as try to get it to fail.

It makes you not want to play video games when you get home, and that is just scary to me.

I'd rather be a video game reviewer but even then its just like the movie critic, you have to review total crap and fairly along with the good stuff.

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The idea of having to do something "fun" every single day for my job is a hellish one for me.
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You couldn't pay me enough to be a game tester. [Smile]

Best job ever. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
The idea of having to do something "fun" every single day for my job is a hellish one for me.

The trick is to do something else fun for your job that is different then your preferred forms of leisure. Or else something that is really productive.

I post a ton on the forums while I am at work, and maybe occasionally at home, but forum posting is far from my favorite thing to do even if I do find it quite enjoyable.

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Yeah, I've had several jobs where I basically just surfed the web all day waiting for work to do, and while it was fun for the first couple of days, those quickly became some of my most-hated jobs. The feeling of being forced to sit in an office and do nothing productive just killed me.

Nowadays I work from home and set my own schedule... which I'd imagined would include a lot of scheduled tv-watching and messing around on the internet. [Smile] Instead I find myself working myself to the bone for 60-80 hours a week, and loving almost every minute of it. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Zeugma:
Yeah, I've had several jobs where I basically just surfed the web all day waiting for work to do, and while it was fun for the first couple of days, those quickly became some of my most-hated jobs. The feeling of being forced to sit in an office and do nothing productive just killed me.

Nowadays I work from home and set my own schedule... which I'd imagined would include a lot of scheduled tv-watching and messing around on the internet. [Smile] Instead I find myself working myself to the bone for 60-80 hours a week, and loving almost every minute of it. [Smile]

What do you do from home? My wife is looking for employment and has been mostly put off by the seeming scheming nature of most work from home services. The TV commercial are equally eye brow raising as the fine print always says, "Results not typical, individual is a paid actor."
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Zeugma
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I do freelance computer animation, mostly in the niche veterinary market. Today I rigged a Narwhal whale and ran it through a quick test animation. When I'm not doing that, I'm practicing my character animation skillz and applying for big fancy jobs. It's incredibly tedious work, and takes a long time to learn, but that's part of what I enjoy about it. [Smile]
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Zeugma: that reminds me, something you might find interesting.

When someone else here was looking for a place to host lots of videos, I recalled Amazon's S3 service. It provides extremely cheap file hosting and bandwidth on a pay-for-use basis. If you're ever finding your hosting overly expensive to meet space and/or bandwidth needs, you might look at your usage and the costs thereof if you hosted your moves through S3.

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Cool fugu, thanks! For now I'm hosting most things off the server sitting next to me here, which is why those videos probably load on the slower side, but we're planning to move to off-site hosting eventually. Good to know! [Smile]
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Glenn Arnold
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Well, I used to be a professional pyromaniac. I think it's a hard job to beat.

<Misses it a lot.>

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I would like to be a gentleman. Have "income" from unnamed sources and have my only job be to show up every once in a while at social functions, such as dances, or operas, or feasts.
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quote:
Originally posted by Baron Samedi:
But, unless Hollywood has lied to me, advanced piano is much easier.

I'm gonna go with....Hollywood has lied to you. I know you were just kidding, but teaching advanced piano is much, much more difficult than teaching beginners. Problems are no longer easy to fix--and teaching interpretation is the hardest step after a pianist has gotten the basic mechanics down. It's a battle trying to teach someone to hear and feel the important, subtle differences between playing Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Chopin, even though they're all romantic composers. I've never had a competent professor tell me to "feel the music" unless he followed it by a specific instruction about what to change.
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I'd love to be a professional pyromaniac, but as evidenced this afternoon, I would completely suck at it.


Over a dozen matches with a dozen cereal boxes to burn a small pile of leaves. I suck.

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To the original post: I'm an advanced guitar student, and I can tell you I spend about half of my lessons listening to my teacher play. At that point in your education, the instruction you're getting is about subtle and hard to explain minutae in the music, or explaining technical issues of notation or fingering- it all demands constant demonstration. Either that or I have lessons where we don't play at all, and we talk about the music instead. Either way, a good teacher is a good player.
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Altáriël of Dorthonion
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What about....porn director?
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I would be a professional chess player.
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When I'm older I think I'd be happy being a full time dad (in maybe seven or eight years).

But if I had to pick a JOB job, I'd say either movie critic or Professor of Tolkienology.

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I have a pretty awesome job. I get to read lots of wonderful books, listen to children read poetry, hear classical music all day, do all the fun art projects I couldn't get my mom to buy the stuff for when I was a kid, and I get to take a break and go for a walk any time I want to.

Okay, the pay sucks, but the benefits make it all worthwhile. [Smile]

(Seriously, I work really hard for a month or two every year, and the rest of the time I get to play with my kids. What could be better than that?!)

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My dad knows someone who works for Heinz. His job is to go around to different restaurants all over the country, eat there on Heinz's dime, and then snoop in the kitchen to make sure they are refilling the Heinz ketchup bottles with Heinz ketchup only. All travel expenses paid, plus salary and benefits.

What a job! Of course, I could just taste the ketchup and know whether or not it was Heinz. Hardly any snooping required. (Not that I mind snooping. Snooping is fun. But I'm just saying, it would be easy for me.)

But then, I wouldn't get to be a mommy, and that is a pretty awesome job itself.

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Tante Shvester
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Ketchupqueen's dream job is traveling around and tasting ketchup and enforcing its purity! Perfect. Who could even conceive of such a job? I'd accuse her of having delusional fantasies, except she seems like such a sane and upright citizen that I will force myself to take her account at face value.

OK. I do have dream job that I might be convinced to leave the nursing profession to pursue. I think it has got to be super awesome to have the job where you come up with all the new ice cream flavors for Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I already have a list of flavors that I wish they'd produce -- products of my own original imagination.

Cinnamon Pecan, anyone?
Buttered Rum (like rum raisin, sans raisins and with butter brickles instead)?
Avocado Lime?
Chipotle Chile Pepper?
Oatmeal Cookie?

I'm like a genius!

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I would like a job writing fortune cookies.
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Tante, did you know that everyone who works at Ben and Jerry's HQ gets two free pints per day? [Eek!] I would gain SO much weight...
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For you, my dear, I would invent Ketchup Ripple.
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But that would elimintate the fun of putting the ketchup ON the ice cream for topping. (It's really really good on vanilla with mini M&Ms in it.) (I hate to say this, but it is NOT good on strawberry.)
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Oh, I cannot imagine ketchup on icecream. I'm sorry, kq, but... *ick*.
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It's okay. I forgive you. *pats imogen on back*
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[Smile]

Good.

As long as I don't have to eat it. [Wink]


(Are you on AIM or anything nowadays?)

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Just YIM. And that only 'cause it came with our browser. But I'm logged in as my husband right now. Although that could change.
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(I have no idea what YIM is. Never mind. [Smile] )
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Yahoo! Instant Messenger. [Smile]
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Ok. The whole no broad band thing means I won't down load it - but I emailed you . [Smile]
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Okay, I didn't get it though...
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cmc- If you don't mind my asking, what kind of education/experience did you need for your job?

I'm a college junior and have no idea what I want to do or what I'm qualified to do when I start looking for a job in a year. It's kind of freaking me out.

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